Dear Friends in Christ,

This statue of Our Lady and the Child Jesus is found in the north transept of Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon. When I was in the seminary, it was a favorite place for me to go for prayer, especially the Rosary. I loved being in that spot on a late autumn afternoon, with the sun coming through the stained glass and illuminating Mary and the child with a warm glow. The outstretched arms of the baby Jesus are a welcome invitation to be embraced by both the Divine and maternal love of Jesus and Mary.

As the pandemic worsens in our area and around the world, we are in much need of such an embrace. And, it can be ours if we go to prayer with the hope that we are in the loving care of the Lord Jesus and His and our mother, Mary.

The monks of Mount Angel Abbey composed a beautiful prayer for these times that I share below. It’s a new prayer. But they also chant a very old, ancient prayer after compline (night prayer) that comes from the 14th century and was composed during the black plague of that period. For more information on that prayer by Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, OSB, click here for espisode 1 and here for episode 2. The monks chant the Stella Caeli prayer before this statue every night, for us and for the world.

I give you these prayers and ask that you join me and the monks in prayer. Please pray them from the heart, that we might be spared from the ravages of the Covid pandemic, and that we are given hope to see the end of these challenging times soon.  

God’s blessing to you all!

Fr. David Mulholland
Prayer to Our Lady
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas. We fly to you today as your beloved children. We ask you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother, and gain for our nation and world, and for all our families and loved ones, the protection of your holy angels, that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted, we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance. Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful, wipe away their tears, and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing, teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind. Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence, knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother, health of the sick, and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection, keep us in the embrace of your arms, help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.


Star of Heaven ~ Stella Caeli
14th-century prayer of deliverance from the Black Plague

Star of Heaven,
who nourished the Lord
and uprooted the plague of death
which our first parents planted: 

May that star now deign
to hold in check the constellations
whose strife causes in people
the sores of a terrible death. 

O glorious star of the sea,
save us from infections. 

Hear us:
for your Son, who honors you,
denies you nothing. 

Jesus, save us,
for whom the Virgin Mother prays to you. Amen.
Parish Stewardship
Thank you to the parish households that have returned their Parish Stewardship commitment card. Fr. David signed and mailed over 1500 letters last week and asks everyone who has not pledged to prayerfully evaluate their giving to the parish and community. After prayful discernment, please click on your parish link below and make your pledge. How will you know whether you have pledged the right amount? You will feel comfortable and at peace with the size of your gift. Need a little inspiration? Click the play button above to see what parish stewardship looks like in our Archdiocese.
171 households pledged
73 households pledged
21 households pledged
Weekly Offertory
An offertory collection basket is located at the back of the sanctuary during Mass for contactless giving. If you are unable to attend Mass in person, please mail in your gift or consider Online Giving, — Fr. David gives this way! It is safe and easy.
How to come to Mass
Mass Reservations
  1. The archdiocese longer requires parishes to keep a record of Mass attendees for contact tracing. Please continue to be vigilant regarding your health and stay home if you are feeling unwell.
  2. You will no longer need to make a reservation for a daily Mass at any of our parishes.
  3. Reservations for weekend liturgies are REQUIRED so we don't exceed the maximum building occupancy set by the State of Washington. Reservation records are destroyed after each Mass.
  4. Register for weekend liturgy and arrive 10 minutes before mass begins.

Looking ahead...

Mass of Thanskgiving
November 26 | 9 am | St. Patrick Church & Holy Cross Church

Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
December 8
9 am* & 7 pm | St. Patrick Church
9 am | Holy Cross Church

Simbang Gabi Celebration
December 20 | 11 am** | St. Patrick Church

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
January 1 | 9 am* | St. Patrick Church
*Mass will be livestreamed on our YouTube Channel
**only the 11 am Mass will be livestreamed

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COVID-19 Update
We learned that a person at Holy Cross Parish tested positive for COVID-19. They were at Mass on October 24 - 25. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCH) has been informed and at this time, we have determined that there were no “close contacts” with parishioners. By definition, close contact is someone who was within six feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over 24 hours. Read more
The dispensation for Mass is still in effect.
Livestreaming Mass
Mass is livestreamed from St. Patrick Church on Sundays at 9 am. The all-school Mass at 9 AM a few Fridays each month and Mass on the first Friday of each month at 11 AM are also livestreamed and holy days.

Subscribing to our YouTube Channel is not necessary, however it allows you to set reminders to tune in and provides us with the option of livestreaming from a mobile device when we reach 1000 subscribers. We're so close!

Check-in on Facebook and invite your friends and family to watch and make your weekly offertory gift via Online Giving.
November 15 | 9 am
Sunday Mass
November 20 | 9 am
School Mass
November 20 | 2 pm
Funeral for Joanne Girolami
Contemplative Mass
Join us as we welcome back our Sunday evening contemplative chant Mass at 7 pm at St. Patrick Church. The lights are low and the candles are lit for a reflective and prayerful celebration of Sunday Mass.
mass intentions
Pray for the repose of the soul of
Nova Louise Echtle
Pablo Vivas
Joanne Girolami
November 17 | 9 am
for the repose of the soul of Alexander Dribincev

November 18 | 9 am
for the repose of the soul of
Cesar T. Olivgia

November 19| 9 am
for the repose of the soul of
Paz Anulacion

November 20 | 9 am
for the repose of the soul of Algirdas Maciulis

November 21 | 5 pm
November 15 | 9 am, 11 am, 7 pm
for the people of the parish
November 16 | 9 am
for the repose of the souls of
Doris Ormsby & William Watters

November 18 | 5 pm
for the repose of the soul of
Ronni Stevens

November 19 | 9 am
for the repose of the soul of
Nova Louise Echtle

November 20 | 9 am
for the repose of the soul of
Judith Gaffney

November 21 | 5 pm
November 22 | 10 am
for the people of the parish
pastoral care
Book of the Dead
The month of November is dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. The Church commemorates all her faithful children who have departed from this life, but have not yet attained the joys of heaven. The Book of the Dead is placed in the sanctuary this month and it contains the names of our dearly departed friends and family.

If you would like to add names to the book send us an email. Names will be written into the book for you. Names added in the past three years are in the book.
Archbishop Etienne began Year of the Eucharist on the Feast of Corpus Christi for the Archdiocese of Seattle and asked us to spend this time pondering the true presence of Jesus's Sacred Body and Blood in the Eucharist. Read his pastoral letter, "The Work of Redemption." Join us for Adoration. Click the parish links below to view adoration schedule and sign up to keep watch for an hour.
faith formation
Podcast Episode 24 - The HeART of the Child

The atrium is a place prepared for the religious life of children in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The atrium is also a chamber of the heart. We have found that the heart of the child is deep and open to the loving call of our Good Shepherd.

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  1. Click HERE to get started, then...
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Youth Group #253

For middle schoolers, due to Covid-19 precautions, the weekly youth ministry is all online! Each grade level has its own small group to grow, learn, and talk with every week. High schoolers meet in person once a week too. Join us!

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Donation Drive
Next Chapter is dedicated to empowering pregnant women, single mothers and their children to move out of poverty into lives of stability, permanent housing, and self-sufficiency by providing a group living community and life-changing resources. Next Chapter is a non-profit founded by parishioners of St. Patrick Catholic Church.

November 21, 2020
10 am - 2 pm
St. Patrick Church 
in the parking lot beind the church
1123 North J Street | Tacoma, WA

Next Chapter families are in need of the following new or gently used items:
School Supplies
  • small whiteboards & dry erase markers
  • calculators; for high school level math 
  • gently used ChromeBooks
  • notebooks, sketchpads
  • pens, pencils, crayons, markers
  • glue
Non-Perishable Food
  • canned soup
  • peanut butter & jelly
  • cereal
  • spaghetti & sauce
  • toilet paper
  • cleaning supplies
  • blankets, sheets & pillowcases

Furniture and clothes are not need at this time. 
St. Frances Sodality poinsettia sales benefits the charitable works of the ministry. Order one for your home and for friends and family, especially the homebound. Poinsettias can also be gifted to the parishes of St. Rita of Cascia and Holy Cross in memory of a loved one.

Several sizes and colors are available. Order by November 15 for November 21-22 pick-up or December 13 for December 19 - 20 pick-up.
st. patrick school
REACH Auction

Reserve your tickets before November 30 to save! Everyone is welcome. Need not be a school family.

Our procurement needs are greater than ever. Browse our Amazon Wish List and download the procurement form.

Corporate sponsorship opportunties are now open! Limited availabilty, select yours today.
Wreaths & Crosses
We make getting ready for the holidays easy! Our 24" adorned Noble Fir wreaths and crosses are perfect for your front door at home or your business. They make great gifts for friends and family, especially the homebound.

Place your order online or drop off your completed paper form along with cash or check at the school office or in the collection basket at mass by November 18.

Did you know that orders of 10 or more qualify for free local delivery? Credit a St. Patrick School student with your order and help them earn a chance to win an Amazon gift card! Wreaths and cross may also be purchased and donated back to the school to gift to a local family in need for the holidays.
community news
For more than 35 years, Associated Ministries annual Interfaith Celebration of Gratitude has brought together people of various faith traditions— including the Bahá'í, Buddhist, Roman Catholic, Center for Spiritual Living, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant, Sufi, Native American, and Unitarian Universalist.

November 24 | 7 pm
Registration is free but it is required.

Be social, while physically distancing!
Get connected. Stay connected.